6 03 2014

2 Timothy 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Sports are as old as humanity itself. Genesis 1:1 says…In the big inning (roll eyes to back of head). The Apostle Paul must have been a sports fan because he mentions running, boxing, wrestling and receiving rewards at a competitive arena (like the Olympics).

There are many, many benefits of sport; character, discipline, team concepts, setting goals, improving yourself, confidence, health, forming good habits, etc.. There are benefits in being a spectator of sports; a healthy cordiality shown among team supporters when they would normally not even talk to each other, a diversion from the normal stress of life, a healthy avenue of finding role-models, etc.. I have played competitive sports when younger and competed in 5k races until about 10 years ago. I enjoy cheering for my grandson at his basketball games and I follow a few college football teams (although not as avidly as I once did). I thoroughly enjoy the Olympics and the good-will that it engenders. Although I still go to the gym, I miss the atmosphere of “race day” or “game day” when I was able to compete. I love true sport.

 Our culture has made sport a multibillion dollar business, where players make more than the president of the United States and a 30 second ad during the Superbowl is almost 4 million dollars. A sports hero is not really a role model but  a person who can set records and sell games. We ascribe more character for athletes “coming out” and announcing that they are gay than those committed to their wife, family, and church. Sunday is not the Lord’s Day in America anymore, it is sports day (from little league to NFL). We set sports as a priority  in what we do with our free time and our adjusted scheduled time. It seems that sports occupy a large priority in the lives of a growing percentage of people. In short, sport has almost become a god, gathering its faithful to worship at the altar of  a potential play-off.

I do not want to sound like a sports Scrooge, but just a voice that cries our for balance and sanity. Look at this national map…
  The highest paid public employees in the United States.



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